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Cryptocurrency Mixing Service Taken Down 
On 22 May 2019, one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency mixing services ‘Bestmixer.io’ was shut down in a joint action of the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD) in cooperation with authorities in Luxembourg and at Europol.A cryptocurrency mixing service offers to mix ... Read more

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EU Europol Cybercrime
Results of Action Week Against Human Trafficking 
From 8-14 April 2019, Europol ˗ together with 23 EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland ˗ conducted an action week against trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation. The action resulted in 46 arrests and the identification of 323 potential ... Read more

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EU Europol
New National Member for Latvia 
On 1 May 2019, Ms Dagmāra Skudratook up her position as National Member for Latvia at Eurojust. She previously held the position of Deputy to the National Member of Latvia at Eurojust from 2004-2013.Before joining Eurojust, Ms Skudra was Deputy Prosecutor General ... Read more

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New Rules for Repetitive Appeals 
With effect from 1 May 2019, the Protocol on the Statute of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice have created new rules for appeals brought in cases that have already been considered twice ... Read more

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EU European Court of Justice (ECJ)
ETIAS Implementation: Progress by Frontex and Europol 
At the beginning of May 2019, both Frontex and Europol submitted progress reports to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on the preparatory status of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). For the legal framework of ETIAS, see 2/2018, 82, ... Read more

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AG: Bulgaria Must Bring its Law in Line with EIO Directive 
4 June 2019
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If the national legislation of an EU Member State does not provide for legal remedies, by means of which the substantive reasons for an investigative measure requested by a European Investigation Order (EIO), cannot be challenged, this Member State is not entitled to use the EIO instrument. This far-reaching legal ramification was proposed by Advocate General Yves Bot in his opinion of 11 April 2019 in case C-324/17 (criminal proceedings against Ivan Gavanozov) Read more

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EU European Investigation Order Procedural Safeguards
AG: Assessment Standards of Detention Conditions in EAW Cases 
4 June 2019
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On 30 April 2019, AG Sánchez-Bordona presented his opinion in case C-128/18 (Dumitru-Tudor Dorobantur). The request for a preliminary ruling goes back to a demand by the Federal Constitutional Court that the referring court must ask the CJEU to further determine the factors relevant to the assessment of the detention conditions in the issuing State. Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights European Arrest Warrant
CJEU: Relationship Between Time Limits in the FD EAW and Surrender Detention 
4 June 2019
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In its judgment of 12 February 2019, the CJEU dealt with the implication of non-compliance with the time limits for the decision to execute a European Arrest Warrant on maintaining the requested person’s extradition detention. The CJEU ultimately had to decide whether the Dutch law implementing Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA on the European Arrest Warrant (FD EAW) and the case law of the Amsterdam courts could be upheld against Art. 6 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (CFR). Read more

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EU European Arrest Warrant
GRECO: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on Malta 
On 3 April 2019, GRECO published its fifth round evaluation report on Malta. The focus of this evaluation round is on preventing corruption and promoting integrity in central governments (top executive functions) and law enforcement agencies. The evaluation focuses particularly on issues, such as conflicts of interest, the declaration of assets, and accountability mechanisms. Read more

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Council of Europe Corruption
Annual Activity Report by Human Rights Commissioner 
On 8 April 2019, the Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, presented her first annual activity report before the Parliamentary Assembly. Read more

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Council of Europe Human Rights Issues
ECtHR: Election of new President, Vice-President, and Section President 
On 1 April 2019, the Court elected Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos (Greece) as new President, Robert Spano (Iceland) as new Vice-President, and Ksenija Turković (Croatia) as new Section President. They took office on 5 May 2019. Read more

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Council of Europe European Court of Human Rights
GRECO: Belarus Non-Compliant with CoE Anti-Corruption Standards 
In an unprecedented move on 19 March 2019, GRECO publicly proclaimed in a Declaration that Belarus does not comply with the anti-corruption standards of the CoE. Read more

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Council of Europe Corruption
GRECO: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on The Netherlands 
On 22 February 2019, GRECO published its fifth round evaluation report on The Netherlands, which calls upon the Dutch authorities to further intensify corruption prevention measures, both in top executive functions and vis-à-vis members of law enforcement agencies. Read more

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Council of Europe Corruption
GRECO: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on Poland 
On 28 January 2019, GRECO published its fifth round evaluation report on Poland. The focus of this evaluation round is on preventing corruption and promoting integrity in central governments (top executive functions) and law enforcement agencies. The evaluation focuses particularly on issues, such as conflicts of interest, the declaration of assets, and accountability mechanisms. Read more

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Council of Europe Corruption
MONEYVAL: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on the Czech Republic 
On 11 February 2019, MONEYVAL published its fifth round evaluation report on the Czech Republic. The report acknowledges the accuracy of the risk assessments by Czech authorities. Correspondingly, ML occurs mostly in conjunction with tax crimes, fraud, corruption, phishing, and subvention fraud. The probability of FT occurring remains low. Read more

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Council of Europe Money Laundering
MONEYVAL: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on Lithuania 
On 8 February 2019, MONEYVAL published its fifth round evaluation report on Lithuania. As regards national risk assessment, Lithuania faces a number of ML threats, mainly from corruption, the shadow economy, organised crime, and the widespread use of cash. Concrete results are apparent in reducing the shadow economy, but further efforts are needed, especially in the investigation and prosecution of ML and AML/CFT supervision. Read more

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Council of Europe Money Laundering